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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stayed at the Swahili House as part of an organized trip. Had a wonderful visit. This hotel is in the heart of Stonetown. Rooms very very clean and well kept. Restaurant food was very good, drinks were expertly conceived and crafted. Prices were very reasonable (by American standards). We enjoyed our stay, you will too!

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Goerlev, Denmark
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a room superior and we enjoyed it very much. The stuff were very kind and hepfull and every evening was curtain of. The hotel have a fantastic roof terasse with a great view. Every evening there were happy hour and we eated most of our meals there. Also the internet were well- functioning.

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Iringa Region, Tanzania
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've stayed in a handful of different hotels around Stone Town, and heard great things of some of the Swahili House neighbors, but I truly LOVED Swahili House -- it is off a main road so there's not a lot of foot traffic around, and has an excellent panoramic view of Stone Town! The rooms were also classic with very...

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London, England
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved Swahili House. It was the perfect haven of tranquility in amongst the hubbub of Stone Town. We stayed here for a night on two separate occasions during our visit to Zanzibar and both times it was somewhere we looked forward to resting our heads. The whole building is beautifully restored and the staircase alone is something to be...

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St. Petersburg, Russia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just arrived to Zanzibar and checked in. This is my 3rd trip to this island and I'm already very impressed by what I got. I love big and bright rooms - the room is very big, clean and bright. I love big bathrooms - this bathroom is huge! I love windows in the bathroom - this one has three. There...

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Brussels, Belgium
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rooms are good spacious and very clean. Beds have mosquito nets and the rooms are sprayed to avoid mosquitoes. There is no wifi (or TV, if you care...) in the rooms. There is wifi in the restaurant though; but it does not always work. Breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace and it's very good. Overall it was a good...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

As the title says, good value. It's in the heart of stone town in a old Indian merchant house. The room is very romantic although pack mosquito repellent. The staff are helpful and we got the feeling they cared about our stay. They delivered on what was promised. The breakfast was enjoyable. Heads up, there will probably not be any...

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Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

For starters, the saving grace of this place is the existence of an elevator. If you're in the elderly age bracket, or if the knees won't hold out, or plain drunk or lazy, it's easier to get up to the 4th floor here than other equally tall and older buildings. Pretty much everything after that is a downside with this...

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Bled, Slovenia
Reviewed December 26, 2016

We were a little put off by the overall review of this restaurant but as the top two were fully booked, we opted to have a late lunch and try it out anyway. You can arrive the rooftop restaurant either by lift or several flights of steep stairs. At the top, you obtain a view of rusty iron rooftops of...

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Reviewed November 30, 2016 via mobile

A good hotel with nice people working there. Good service. Nice food and drinks on the wonderful rooftop. Nice clean rooms. Very good! Not the cheapest hotel but not expensive either. Solid! I would go again.

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Amenities

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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located in the bustling heart of Stone Town the building was originally set up and used as an Indian Merchant House in the 19th century. In the 125 years that were to come the building was home to one of the many Sultan families and then became a hotel some years ago. After purchasing the hotel, renovations started in May 2008. Most of the hotel has been restored into its original state, but we have been making some changes as well. The result is The Swahili House - a sparkling hotel with traditional influences and modern day facilities in combination with authentic Swahili hospitality. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Swahili House

Address: Mchambawima Street, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar Island > Zanzibar City > Stone Town
Price Range: $86 - $141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Swahili House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 22
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The Swahili House Hotel Stone Town
The Swahili House Zanzibar Island/Stone Town
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“We stayed near the top of the hotel, no hustle & bustle noise up there.”
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 of 5 bubbles 86evanr, yesterday | Read review
“clean and very big rooms, huge bathroom, the rooftop with the best view in town, super friendly stuff”
 of 5 bubbles worduuup, 2 weeks ago | Read review
“A late lunch may avoid the crowds especially in the busy season.”
 of 5 bubbles peterhZ606HT, Dec 26, 2016 | Read review
“All rooms have a view of the city. Just North, East, South or West.”
 of 5 bubbles kathyf537, Sep 17, 2016 | Read review
“Start with a fresh iced tea and order the seafood platter!”
 of 5 bubbles Carboose, Aug 23, 2016 | Read review
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